Stop all trains at Thiruvalla: forum

March 06, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:38 am IST - PATHANAMTHITTA:

inadequate:Passengers at the partially roofed platform at the Thiruvalla railway station.

inadequate:Passengers at the partially roofed platform at the Thiruvalla railway station.

The Western India Passengers Association has called upon Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu to allot commercial stop for all trains at the Thiruvalla railway station, besides ensuring the time-bound development of the railway station.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, association general secretry Thomas Simon said that 5,500 passengers used to board trains from Thiruvalla on a daily basis, in spite of the fact that 19 trains that passed by the station did not have a stop there. Thiruvalla, perhaps, was the only station where people were left to bear with the hollow promises made by the authorities despite its position as a prime non-resident Indian pocket and cultural capital of Central Travancore, he said.

Mr. Simon said the Thiruvalla station generated a hefty annual revenue of Rs.20 crore, even though the authorities had miserably failed in improving the passenger amenities there. He said the rail doubling work on the Chengannur-Thiruvalla stretch should be commissioned by March 31. He also called for implementing the proposed Thakazhy-Thiruvalla-Ranni-Pampa railway line project in a time-bound fashion, besides seeking approval for a new Ranni-Punalur rail line.

Thiruvalla had been catering to the rail travel needs of a large number of people living in the hilly tracts of Konni, Ranni, and Mallappally, apart from those in the low-lying Upper Kuttanad region, he said.

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